Folds's unique, gentle piano-pop lends itself to orchestral interpretations."At the same time, it's really important for me to balance [the orchestral collaborations]," he says.Featuring Folds on vocals and piano, Way to Normal also features long-time bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Sam Smith as well as a guest vocal from indie pop heroine Regina Spektor on the album's first single, "You Don't Know Me."Way to Normal is an exuberant, raucous, and sometimes profane mix of sure-fire crowd-pleasers ("Hiroshima," "***** Went Nuts," and the frenetically fuzzed-out "Dr.Yang"), cheerful snark-fests ("The Frown Song," "Brainwascht"), and thoughtful, moving ballads ("Cologne," "Kylie From Connecticut") that Folds wrote at the end of 2007 following the finalization of a two-year divorce.Preview Ben Folds, the self-proclaimed purveyor of "punk rock for sissies", turns 40 next month.The American piano-pop star is touring Australia with the Sydney Symphony, his last recording was a soundtrack for a children's animation, next month he releases a compilation of EPs issued a few years back and he spends much of his time in the sleepy city of Adelaide. "I'm just keeping it real, baby," he drawls Elvis-style.Adelaide stretches 20 km (12 mi) from the coast to the foothills, and 94 to 104 km (58 to 65 mi) from Gawler at its northern extent to Sellicks Beach in the south.Named in honour of Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, queen consort to King William IV, the city was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for a freely-settled British province in Australia.
He has been tinkering on synthesisers, and working with an orchestra has inspired him to bring groups of 50 musicians in to "play Hoover vacuum cleaners and spoons, just to make some noise".I got all that stuff out of my system on the last record [2005's pensive Songs for Silverman], which was deliberately stoic.This new album is really about me being free, which is why it feels cathartic and expressive.But there’s way more to the streaming company than music.Here’s 8 things you can stream on Spotify besides music that you (probably) didn’t know you could. And though digitized worlds of CGI, sports, and computer game playing fields are often in the mix; there is also an edification of natural environments as seen in the Elina Malkin (from the VIA video art/New Media collective Dad Prank) untitled video excerpt that depicts the tranquil, Colorado country side.